Physical Drive (VMware) service

The Physical Drive (VMware) service monitors the overall status of a physical drive on an ESXi server.

N-able N-central uses the Common Information Model (CIM) services and ports for monitoring.

If your ESX/ESXi server is operating on either Dell or HP hardware, it is strongly recommended that you install the Dell or HP Offline Bundle before the Windows probe discovers the ESX/ESXi server.

Service Type ESXi
Instances on a Device 1
Supported Systems/Applications ESXi 6.x and later
Device Class Server - ESXi
Monitored By Windows probes
Scan Interval 5 minutes
Physical Drive ID The unique identifier of the physical drive being monitored.

This service cannot use Self Healing.

To access information about the physical drives on your ESXi server, use a browser to access the following URL:


Note that the Managed Object Browser (MOB) by default may be disabled and you may need to enable this feature.

Metric Name Description

The physical drive status is mapped as:

  • Normal: 0
  • Warning: 1
  • Failed: 2
State Description

Describes the status of the physical drive:

  • Critical Failure
  • Degraded
  • Major Failure
  • Minor Failure
  • Non-recoverable Error
  • OK
  • Unknown
Enabled State Indicates whether the physical drive has been enabled or disabled.
Enabled State Description N/A